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The Obama Inheritance reading

AJ Rusch, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018

Imagine a world where past and current presidents sail a dying Gulf of Mexico on shrimp boats named after heavy metal hair bands in search of ever elusive seafood, all while warding off other shrimp boat pirates. Or if that isn’t your fancy, perhaps a future where a sequence of Trump’s descendants r...

Creating Spaces recognizes creativity of students in southwest Minnesota

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

April 26, 2018

On Apr. 22, the Creating Spaces Writing Contest held its awards ceremony where first, second and third place winners for all grades were awarded medals and this year’s Creating Spaces anthology. First place winners also received a $20 Barnes and Noble gift card. For grades 11 and 12, first place w...

Annual Women’s History Month poetry reading in honor of Professor Susan McLean

Annual Women’s History Month poetry reading in honor of Professor Susan McLean

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018

After 30 years of working for SMSU, Susan McLean is retiring. To celebrate her years of work here and success as a poet, McLean’s colleagues surprised her by deciding that the Women’s History Month poetry reading would contain poems that were all hers. The reading took place on March 14 from 12:...

2018 Minnesota Campus Compact award recipients

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018

Minnesota Campus Compact is a network of colleges and universities that works to support civic engagement and build a strong democracy. On April 19, three of SMSU’s own will be honored with Campus Compact Awards. Individuals are nominated for the Campus Compact Awards and are selected by President ...

DECA sends Mustangs to nationals

DECA sends Mustangs to nationals

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018

After two years of running Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), advisor Kenneth Chukwuba has not only expanded the program to include about 35 students but also had 20 of these students qualify for nationals this year. These 20 students either qualified individually or in a group. Even the members...

Author Sherman Alexie accused of sexual harrassment

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer

March 27, 2018

Sherman Alexie is a Native American novelist, poet, short story writer and filmmaker whose writings draw from his experiences as an Indigenous American. Recently, Alexie was accused of sexual harassment against several women, one of whom is Litsa Dremousis. Dremousis had a consensual affair with Al...

National walkout: “17 minutes for 17 victims”

National walkout: “17 minutes for 17 victims”

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 27, 2018

I own guns and go hunting in the fall. I also participated in our school’s walk out for increased gun control. So, yes, people like me do exist, in case you were wondering. One of the reasons I participate in the walk out was because I thought it was great that our school had actually organized a...

Ekstrom shines a light for Disability Services

Colin Nelson, Guest Writer

March 2, 2018

Most students here at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) may not know who Pam Ekstrom is, what she does or how she impacts this university. To the people that do know her, she has an invaluable impact on their life. Ekstrom is the Director of Disability Services at SMSU and has held that...

Online “Modern Therapy” caters to student needs

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

March 2, 2018

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in four college students have a diagnosable mental illness, and 40% of those students do not seek help. Of these students, 80% feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities, and 50% have become so anxious that they struggle in school. Modern Therap...

Post-tragedy: Florida students spark gun discussion

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

On Feb. 14, 2018, 17 people were killed, and 14 people were injured during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The Parkland Florida shooting is the 8th school shooting this year,  and only three of those eight school shootings have resulted in fatalities. Nikolas Cruz is being held in custody a...

Music department prepares for MMEA

Ryan Ohm, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

This past week I went to the music department to ask about there up-and-upcoming trip to the Minnesota Music Educators Association Midwinter Clinic (MMEA) in Minneapolis. I ran into three helpful people to answer a few of my questions sent through an email interview. My first interview started with SM...

Recap of Winter Olympics

John Palmer, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, kicked off on Feb. 9 with a moving opening ceremony that saw all of the athletes from every participating nation marching together under a banner of unity. In reality, the games had begun two days before, with some of the longer-running events such a...

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